John Arnita – Matamoras, PA
My name is John Arnita, I am currently a college student at a local community college in New Jersey and will be attending a different university in the fall for Nursing. I came to Christ while I was stationed in Monterey, California after being a false convert for about two years. Prior to that, I was a person filled with greed, lust and had a huge ego. Being separated from God, I was a miserable person, however now I have joy that does not come from my situations or who I am but from God who is constant, the same today, yesterday, and forever. My joy comes from Christ and what he did on the cross not just for myself but to everyone who believes and comes to repentance. This will be my first superbowl outreach.
Dorothy Boyett – Lubbok, TX
I became a Christian in the 70’s. attended church faithfully and engaged in all the activities although I only shared my faith when asked. When I read Hells Best Kept Secret I understood true Biblical repentance versus false conversion. I started handing out tracts and enrolled in the school of biblical evangelism on-line. After attending the Great News Network boot camp in 2004 my life took on a new role I was now “going out of my way” to engage people in Biblical conversations.
I heard about the work Bill Adams was doing with Sports Fans Outreach and signed up for the Super Bowl outreach in Dallas. Since then I have attended several and had the opportunity to go with a team to my native England for evangelistic several events.
I am a member of Temple Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas. Each week I go to Texas Tech University to hand out tracts and do one-to one witnessing.
Bryan Braddy – Wakeforest, NC
My name is Bryan Braddy. I am 37 years old and I live in Wake Forest, N C. I been married for 11 years to my wonderful wife Emily, and I have (3) kids: Colin (16), Aidan (10), and Dylan (7). I am a project manager for a local general contractor names Resolute Building Company in Chapel Hill, NC. I came to know Jesus Christ just last January of 2014 after moving to Wake Forest from High Point, NC and finding our current church at Richland Creek.
My brother Zack has taught me, by taking me with him to parades and other local events around Raleigh, NC how to evangelize on the streets and other universities. I enjoy sharing my faith with others and look forward to opportunities at these events to speak about Christ.
I love to run, go to the beach, and spend time with my family. This will be my first Super Bowl Outreach.
Darryl Bradford Jr. – Southfield, MI
I grew up in the church and at a young age I professed Christ but not necessarily wholly in my life especially in my teenage years. It wasn’t until shortly after I got married in 2008 that I began to see my sin specifically for what it was through watching the television show Way of The Master on the internet. The law of God began to convict my heart and I saw myself as exceedingly sinful and finally realized why I needed Jesus to save me. Although I don’t know the exact date, it was somewhere in that process that the Lord saved me! Since then I began to grow in my faith and my wife and I attended Living Waters’ Ambassador’s Academy back in 2010. The Ambassador’s Academy greatly helped assist me in learning to share the Gospel with others. I currently, with the approval and accountability of my pastor, share the Gospel by passing out Gospel tracts, doing outreach at a local community college in the same city as my church, and trying to reach people for Christ by going to an abortion clinic down the street from where I live on Saturday mornings. I’m looking forward to fellowshipping with others, learning, and sharing the glorious Gospel at this year’s Super Bowl outreach!
Angela Braxton – Brooklyn, NY
My name is Angela Braxton and this will be my 5th Super Bowl Outreach. I was unsaved up until 2004 as the Lord used September 11, 2001 to bring me to my knees in repentance and faith in Him alone through His work of Sovereign Grace in my heart as I had worked at 1 WTC, on the 80th Floor and was at my desk when the first plane hit our building (long story…) In 2005, through the providence of God starting watching “The Way of the Master” by Living Waters through Wednesday night training at my church and my entire walk changed. Since 2006, I started to biblically evangelize the lost and for the past 2.5 years, on Saturdays I am also a sidewalk counselor at the 2nd largest abortion clinic in the U.S. My desire each day is to hand out tracts, evangelize the lost and proclaim Christ and Him Crucified and Resurrected for the sake of the souls of men and for the Lord’s glory! I’m so excited as the SBO is my favorite event each year as its 4 days of joy-filled boot camp.
I look forward to seeing and loving on my brethren again and meeting new saints and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ at this amazing event! What a sweet time each year!!!
Soli Dei Gloria!!
Joseph Bunny – Chatsworth, CA
Although I grew up in a Christian church, I never lived like I was taught to live. I knew the Bible very well but never responded to its calling. I felt like the “religion” was forced upon me, yet little did I know it was a lifestyle. God showed me that three years ago and my life has changed ever since. Thanks to my church; my family; and of course, my Lord; I am the Christian God wants me to be.
I am a full time student at high school and this my first time at this outreach. I hope I can change the life of others as Christ changed me. I also hope to learn from the others going.
God saved me from false conversion about six years ago, while I was attending college. Since then he has given me a love for studying the Scriptures, theology, and apologetics. God has also put a passion in my heart to bring the Gospel to the lost and proclaim the truth found in His Word. Two years ago, God, through the exhortation of brothers, convicted me about my apathy toward the murder of the preborn. I am now involved in fighting for the abolition of abortion, and using the Gospel as a weapon to confront sin in our society and point sinners, of whom I am the worst, to the cross of Jesus Christ.
I work full-time as a software developer and preach the Gospel and study when I can. This will be my first time at the Superbowl Outreach and I look forward to the fellowship I will have with the godly men and women that will be involved. I also look forward to learning from my brothers and sisters. May God be glorified in this endeavor and may he save his elect.
Alex Burt – Bethlehem, GA
My name is Alex Burt. I am married to a wonderful woman named Kim and we have two children. Kaitlyn is 21 and Luke is 16.
God found it in His mercy to save me in 1997 and I almost immediately felt the calling to take the Gospel of Jesus outside the four walls of the church. I remember hearing an old preacher say: “I hear all these young preachers complaining about not having anywhere to preach! Last time I checked, there was still a sidewalk out there!”
Although I didn’t realize it at the time, that triggered something inside me and before I knew it, I was outside our local Courthouse the first Saturday of every month preaching.
God really messed up my “normal” Christian life when I ran across Ray Comfort and his teaching, “Hell’s Best Kept Secret”. After hearing that sermon and listening to it many times I knew God was calling me to open air evangelism. My job relocated my family to Arizona in 2004 and while living there I was able to attend the Ambassadors’ Academy in California. Immediately following the academy I began going to Mill Avenue, which is right beside Arizona State University, and sharing the Gospel on Saturday nights.
In God’s providence we relocated to Bethlehem, Ga. in 2009, with the University of Georgia only 20 miles away. I am blessed to be able to share the Gospel through tracts, one on one conversations and open air preaching in downtown Athens on Friday nights and before home football games.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Taylor Callen – Fort Worth, TX
I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, and now I’m a Junior at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. I’m studying theology and I hope to pursue pastoral ministries when I graduate. When I was a sophomore in high school I had this ever present desire to reach out to the lost but I had no idea how to do that. Then, I got into Biblical Evangelism after I saw 180 movie and I’ve been motivated to bring the Gospel to the streets ever since. Three years ago at the outreach in New Orleans, I broke the sound barrier for the first time and I have been street preaching ever since. I live in the D/FW metroplex so I am consistently a part of evangelistic outreaches in this area. So, I’ll see you guys out there! Soli Deo Gloria, et semper reformanda!
Gerry Collins – Bakersfield, CA
I was not brought up in a Christian home and was influenced for the Gospel by other family members attending church where the Gospel was proclaimed. I made a profession of faith at around 14 years of age but soon that profession was placed on the back burner during my teen years. While in the Air Force as firefighter at age 20 God had me surrounded by Christians who shared the truth with me and this is the point where I truly believe God saved me and changed my heart for Him. AT around 2003 the Lord caused me through His word to fall in love with the Gospel all over again and gave me a hunger to share Christ with the lost more than I ever had before. I have been greatly encouraged in faith and desire to share Christ by the ministry of Livingwaters/Way of the Master. I have attended Ambassadors Academy which has opened up for me to participate in street evangelism. I am married wonderful woman and have 5 grown children. My desire is share the Gospel with as many people as possible as God allows.
Joe Conkle – Ashland, OH
I am a father of 3 adult children and have 1 grandson. God, by his grace saved me 10 years ago after living as a false convert for 31 years. Since then I’ve been compelled to share the Gospel. I normally do street ministry with the Prayer Stand outside the local Courthouse, Ashland University along with my pastor Matt Timmons and friend David Nicol.
Other evangelistic efforts include THE Ohio State Buckeyes home games, and helping other fellow evangelist.
My desire is to glorify God, be obedient to his word, and be a better evangelist.
This will be my 3rd Super Bowl, and is the one event I look forward to every year. The fellowship with the saints is priceless.
Caleb Davenport – Wooster, OH
Caleb Davenport was born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1961 and lived there until he left for college in 1979. He graduated from Liberty University in 1984 where he was able to fund his undergraduate education through a scholarship for college football. He continued his education, earning his graduate degree in May of 1987. In December of 1987, Caleb entered the U.S. Air Force where he served in the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron located at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. In August of 1990, Caleb married his bride, Susan. One month later, Caleb was sent to serve in Desert Shield at an island in the heart of the Persian Gulf called Bahrain. After the Gulf War, Caleb and Susan settled in Ohio to be near family. Recently Caleb ran for State Senator in Ohio, because he was asked to run by concerned citizens in Wayne County and was endorsed by 9 conservative political pacts in the state of Ohio, who want to see lower taxes and more liberty given to each individual citizen. Caleb has been a financial consultant since January, 1991. He has a vast and broad understanding of financial and estate planning. Caleb has been certified as a Financial Educator teaching financial planning courses which have been recognized by many state universities across the United States. He is a Certified Wealth Strategist and holds a Series 6, Series 7 and Series 66 license. Caleb Davenport is the founder and President of Legacy Retirement Advisors, Inc. There is a motto that Caleb lives by, and that is: when he takes on a client, he takes on a relationship.
Dan Davis – Seymour, WI
Saved by the hand of God shortly after my wife was saved some 21 yrs ago now. We have been married for 24 years and have had one daughter who’s recently married to a godly young man. I’ve worked for Wisconsin in the highway department for about 20 years and now serve in the area of roadway maintenance. I currently serve in our new local home fellowship “Word from the Barn” as the Life Events Deacon for the last 3yrs. I’ve been sharing my faith through testimony and tracts for about 20 years but only 3 years of experience in open air preaching. I’m looking forward to laboring alongside my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith in a much larger venue SBO 16 and declaring the Glorious Gospel of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Danny Davis – Ardmore, AL
My name is Danny W. Davis. I am 67 years of age and live with my wonderful wife Madge. We have been married for forty-five years and have raised one daughter and two grandchildren. We currently live in Ardmore, Alabama, which is located in northern Alabama, near Huntsville.
I was raised in a Pentecostal family who did not attend a church, but met regularly in homes of family and friends to worshiped the Lord. I believed I was saved at an early age, but as I grew older, I drifted away and lived a life full of sin. Thinking I was saved, believing God would forgive me, I presumed on His grace. It wasn’t until seventeen years ago, that I really came to the Lord on my knees seeking His salvation, begging for His forgiveness, and asking for the power to overcome an addiction that I had been feeding for many years.
He simply said to me, “Call Me”, whenever an untoward thought enters your mind. I called Him many times a day and the second I called, He responded and the desire fled! At the same time, the Word became alive to me and I could not get enough of it. It became my best friend and I longed to be with it.
My wife and I were lead to join a church, which we are still attending, and our lives have never been the same again.
I have joined a group of men and women who evangelize whenever and wherever we can. The group was started by Paul Harvey and seems to grow as we reach more and more people.
Arnold Davtyan – Glendale, CA
Hi. My name is Arnold Davtyan and I live in Glendale, CA. After high school, depravity kicked in and my love for sin started to increase and show itself more. From that point on, the nature and degree of sin gradually increased in my life. It was in the Spring of 2010 that the Lord, out of His grace, changed my heart and cleansed me of my sins; giving me a hope that is imperishable; Himself. As time went on, my passion and love for God only grew as He was sanctifying me and developing my character. I went on to study theology and get into the heavier issues within Christianity and that produced an increase in worship towards God. Up until this point in my life, God has been faithful to continue the work that He has started. He’s currently placed me in different positions to serve Him within the Church and in the world. Specifically speaking, I’m leading a jr high ministry at COAC alongside my beautiful girlfriend. I also disciple a few of our jr high guys as she disciples the young ladies. Apart from serving the Church, God has also given me a strong passion to preach the gospel and awakened in me love towards my preborn neighbors. Throughout the week (Tues, Fri, Sats), along with some brothers and sisters in our abolitionist society of Los Angeles, we go out to campuses, local communities, and abortion mills to expose the sin of abortion, preach the gospel, and plead with women not to kill their babies.
All that being said, soli deo Gloria.
Ryan Denton – Thoreau, NM
I’m 30 years old, currently the pastor of a small church in New Mexico, near Navajo Nation. I go to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I’ve been married almost 2 years. We have no children. Aside from preaching and teaching at church, I enjoy jail/prison ministry and open air preaching. I was saved at 22 after a life of hard debauchery. The Lord’s been merciful to me, helping me daily to grow in holiness and a knowledge of him. I desire to press forward toward the goal until the day I die.
Kevin Garcia – Whittier, CA
Born in the U.S. but raised in Puebla, Mexico; Kev grew up as a nominal catholic until when he was seven years old his grandma took him and his siblings to church. Kev loved the Bible stories and soon became the best at Sunday school. But he kept living a hypocrite and false convert, ashamed at school and with friends of his dead religion, engaged in the teenage sins; yet pretending to be the ultimate immaculate Christian at Church. He lived a double life.
When he was 16 he came back to the States. It wasn’t until he was in college when he watched on TV a show unlike any other. It was called The Way of the Master.
The show struck him, and for the first time his eyes were opened: yet only to see his total depravity and shame before a holy, holy, holy God. Furthermore, God used the teaching True and False Conversions to show Kev he had been living a lie for more than a decade! It took some time for him to truly repent and come to saving faith, and to fully surrender himself to the saving arms of the Lord. Though born again, he’s still being sanctified (Phil. 1:6).
He kept reading almost every book, watching every video, and devouring everything the ministry produced. He started evangelizing and open-air preaching every day, now every weekend and handing out tracts daily.
About a year ago the Lord used a few more ministries to now refine his crocked theology. Through Grace to You, the teaching ministry of John MacArthur; and Justin Peters’ Ministry he was saved from the bondage of the charismatic/pentecostal movement he had grown up in. Ligonier, Desiring God, and other great ministries have also contributed to his better understanding and appreciation of the Bible. Yet it is the later, the Word of God itself that he craves: the Scriptures are his final authority.
Kev is 22 years old. He loves acting and his dream is to become a professional actor and a missionary to the industry. If not, he wants to attend seminary and become a full time evangelist; probably a missionary to his beloved Mexico and Latin America. He is a CA licensed real estate agent and also worked as a flight attendant for almost a year, preaching the Gospel wherever he went.
Kev lives to share the Good News and wants everyone to truly know and trust Jesus (especially Hispanics). He is deeply in love and thankful to his Savior, who loved him first…
Mason Goodknight – Rosebug, OR
Mason is a Christian saved by the grace of God from false conversion in the late 90’s. He has served in various leadership roles in the local church for many years. His passion for evangelism has grown over the years and his passion was kicked into overdrive when God led him to Wretched with Todd Friel and subsequently to Way of the Master and Ray Comfort in the early 2000’s.
Mason was introduced to parade evangelism and street preaching in general through reading “Bible Jim” Weber’s autobiography, “Blood Power”. Mason met “Bible Jim” at a Denny’s in Portland, and did his first parade evangelism a short time later with a fellow Elder and a Deacon from his previous church at the 2010 Portland Starlight Parade. This led Mason to meeting and becoming good friends and ministry partners with Mark Mayberry, who knew “Bible Jim” personally. Mark and his family have been a constant encouragement and support for Mason and he is so blessed that God brought them into ministry and life together.
It was the next weekend while carrying gospel banners in the Portland Grand Floral Parade with the Mayberry’s and Jim Peter, that Mason saw Andy Schmelzer preaching in the middle of the street and realized he was preaching the same Law and Gospel message Mason had been studying through Wretched and Way of the Master and eventually through the Way of the Master Online School of Biblical Evangelism, which he graduated from in September 2011.
Mason found Andy later that day and learned he lived only about an hour or so away from Mason in the southern Oregon area. Andy later brought Mason to the University of Oregon and gave him his first opportunity to, “Open Air or Street Preach” there. He’s been passionate about open air/street preaching ever since. It was also Andy who encouraged Mason to come to the SBO.
It was during this time that Mason formed CORE – Community OutReach Evangelism Ministries. CORE and its associates have been involved with just about every form of evangelism at various different venues. From door to door, to one on one, small group, tracting, open air/street preaching, at cult group gatherings, with whiteboards, at parades, festival booths, pub crawls, holiday celebrations, abortion clinics, colleges, high schools, the local rescue mission, and sporting events. If people are gathered CORE goes there with the gospel of Jesus Christ as He allows and provides.
Mason has been able to teach a week long evangelism course in Mexico and take those students to the street in Ensenada Mexico and San Diego California. He’s given presentations at churches from the pulpit as well as home groups and men’s breakfasts. He continues to disciple brothers and sisters who desire to take part in the Great Commission of Christ we’ve all been commanded to, as they partner with CORE.
He has also been so blessed to receive instruction, discipleship, and encouragement in recent years from Pastor Chuck O’Neal of Beaverton Grace Bible Church in Portland Oregon, and by the awesome speakers who are too many to name that Pastor Chuck has brought to the Biblical Church Evangelism Conferences and the Herald Society that he and his amazing church host!
This will be Mason’s third SBO and he considers it to be one of the absolute highlight’s of his evangelism ministry! He first went on what he thought might be his only SBO to New Orleans with Andy. Last year he had the chance to go with his friend and CORE ministry partner Mark Mayberry and Mark’s son Rob to the Phoenix Superbowl. This year Mason is joined by Mark, his sons Rob and Rick, as well as founding CORE partner Jim Peter, and another friend and CORE participant from Grants Pass Oregon, Jeff Warner!
Mason is so richly blessed to be able to serve God, His people, and the lost with all these brothers and SBO as a whole. He can’t express adequately how much Bill Adams and the SFOI team and partners have blessed him.
Mason goes to SBO with the support of his amazing, prayerful, and loving wife Layla and his two little girls Selah and Myelle, who join with Mason from time to time in evangelistic outreaches. Mason also goes with the enthusiastic support of his extended family and of his church, Covenant Life Fellowship in Roseburg, where he and his family are members.
Mason has also been blessed with a great job as a Corrections Deputy in Southern Oregon and has served as such since January 1996.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to visit www.repentanceandbelief.com to learn about CORE or just call or text Mason at 541 580-8202. God bless us all as we are blessed by His totally amazing grace!
Kurtis Gould – Pickerington, OH
My name is Kurtis Gould. I am 16 years old and live in Pickerington, Ohio. I go to Berean Baptist Church in Pickerington and am a sophomore at Liberty Christian Academy. I enjoy flying airplanes, hunting, fishing, and playing sports. I have grown up in a Christian home and was saved at a young age but through the last year or two the Lord has called me to go out and evangelize and I have grown a love for sharing Christ to the lost. I have been privileged to have Michael Coughlin teaching me and instructing me on how to become a better evangelist to the lost here in Columbus and now I am looking to go farther out to preach God’s Word and what better way than combining two things I love- Evangelism and football. Lord Willing I will continue preaching of salvation to the lost here in Columbus and wherever else the Lord will lead me.
Paul Harvey – Madison, AL
I was raised in a Christian home, but was living a life of hypocrisy until 2007. The Lord used a faithful preacher to show me my sin, and God granted me grace. One of the first things the Lord dealt with me about was evangelism. I went out, making mistakes, learning, studying, and growing. By God’s grace I am more equipped now than before, yet I am always wanting to learn more of Christ, share more of Christ, and fellowship more with the body of Christ. My wife of 20 years (Randa) has faithfully prayed for me both as a man needing Christ, and now praying for me as a man following Christ. We have three sons, Matthew (15), Jonathan (14), and Ryan (12). Our local fellowship, CrossPointe Church, supports us in the public proclamation of the gospel, both in prayer, finances, and holding us accountable to our elders. SDG!
Tim Heaton – Springfield, OR
The Lord connected the dots so to speak for me with the Gospel as I read the last three chapters of Matthew while in high school. It was then that I realized I needed to trust Christ to save me and that I needed to follow Him. He has changed my life ever since. After college I worked as a public school teacher, but my health was a key factor in ending that work. I now work full time with Child Evangelism Fellowship. I want others to hear the Gospel and trust Christ to save them. God has been so good to me and my family, giving us life with HIM, and opportunities to tell others about Him.
Stephanie Helms – Honolulu, Hawaii
My name is Stephanie Helms and I live in Honolulu, Hawaii. I’ve attended two Super Bowl Outreaches before (Miami and Tampa), and am excited to be part for a third time! God saved me while I was at a church camp in Kentucky. I had been a very confused false convert since I was 8, and finally repented of my sin and put my faith in Christ alone when I was 13.
I worked as a Christian school teacher for 3 years after college, and am currently working as the Guest Services Coordinator (swanky name for complaints girl) at a hotel in Waikiki. I have the awesome privilege of doing street evangelism there on a regular basis. I can’t wait to see how God works at the Super Bowl this year!
Joe Hinson – Denton, TX
I have been married for 18 years to Missy. We’ve been together since
high school. We have 1 son who is 12 years old and we are currently
seeking to expand our family through adoption. We live in Denton Texas
about an hour north of Dallas.
I lived as a false convert for several years until around 10 years ago
when by God’s grace I came into contact with Ray Comfort’s “Hell’s
Best Kept Secret” and “True and False Conversion”. The first message
helped me to truly understand the Gospel and the second revealed my
complete absence of Faith in said Gospel.
Currently my family and I are making preparations to relocate to the
Provo Utah area to Lord willing be a part of disciples being made and
see churches being planted.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Kris Hudson – Fargo, ND
Kris Hudson has been evangelizing the streets of Fargo, North Dakota since August 2011. The areas that he has evangelized include stoplight preaching at various intersections in Fargo, Newman Outdoor Field (minor league baseball stadium), North Dakota State University (NDSU), F-M Pride Parade, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and the Fargodome. Currently, he has been preaching by the Fargodome after NDSU football games.
Kris grew up in a very solid Christian home. God had already saved both of his parents before they got married. When Kris was in first grade he said the sinner’s prayer. From that point on until his first year of college he thought he was saved because he said the prayer but in reality was unconverted. God started drawing him during his senior year of high school. God started to correct and reprove his worldly focus on life by letting him think about his own mortality. After that God used a local church’s college ministry to bring him truth about salvation. On December 30, 2009 God granted him repentance and faith after talking with a fellow Christian about salvation.
Kris got a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics in 2013 from NDSU. He is currently seeking to become an actuary.
Kris attended Living Waters Ambassador’s Academy #20 in July 2011. God used that experience as a launching pad into regular street evangelism. He has also participated in Cru’s Big Break 2013 and 2014 outreaches and Super Bowl Outreach 2015 (Phoenix). He is really looking forward to continue to proclaim the gospel in San Francisco for SBO 2016.
Sean Keefe – Raleigh, NC
Born and raised as a dead man walking, I was a partying, non-penitent, non-regenerate Catholic from Jersey for the first 18 years of my life. When I was 20, by God’s grace, some supernatural things occurred and I received Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of my life one Thanksgiving (1999) shortly after. Moved to Raleigh in 2003, met my wife, Elisa, in 2006 and married that sweet woman in 2007. I have two wonderful (most of the time) step children, Miranda and Joe. I have been working as a property manager of an apartment community in Durham, NC since March of 2006. Through my wife’s encouragement and the fellowship/discipleship of more mature believers, I have been especially passionate about the great commission for the past two and a half years. By God’s providence I have had multiple privileges to publicly proclaim Christ as well many one-on-one conversations. This will be my second Super Bowl Outreach. The first one was intense, but a real blast serving the LORD in such a biblically relevant way. Can’t wait to see the fruit on the other side! Worthy is the Lamb!!
Michael Kelshaw – Albuquerque, NM
Michael was born in Bristol, England in a Christian home. He moved to Pittsburg, PA when he was seven and then to Albuquerque, NM when he was fifteen. He graduated from Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, and was converted in his senior year there at the age of eighteen. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with BA in History, and then graduated from Regent College with a Masters in Divinity (Mdiv.). He has worked on the church staff of The Round Church in Cambridge, England, St. Mark’s Church in Albuquerque, NM, St. John’s Church in Vancouver, BC, St. Paul’s Church in Toronto, ON, and is currently the lead pastor of Trinity @ the Marketplace Church in Albuquerque, NM, where he has been for the last eleven years in the grace of God. He is married to Lara, and they have seven children.
Christopher Ledezma – Reynoldsburg, OH
Nearly 14 years ago, the Lord showed a great deal of mercy and compassion, and saved me. Since then He has continued to do the same thing, day after day. All I can say is I deeply love Him and am glad He has taught me through great men and women (some who will be at SBO 2016) how to share with others about the mercy that is available for them, as well.
I am excited about the prospect of my 16 year old son (who lives in another state) coming with me to the SBO.
Warren and Darlene Marquardt – Lakeland, FL
We have been married over 30 years and saved about 25 of those years. Currently living in Florida but we are originally from Wisconsin. We have four grown children all out on their own. We have served with Sport’s Fan Outreach on several occasions including last year at SBO 15. We currently attend Calvary Chapel, Lakeland, and do outreach at the abortion clinic twice a week.
Mark Maberry and Sons –
My name is Mark Mayberry, and I will be attending SBO with two of my sons, Ricky, age 11 (Dec. 30) and Robby, age 12.
I was not raised in a Christian home, but my mom, a former drug addict, who had recently come to the LORD, re-introduced me to Jesus, in 1978, at the age of 18 and I believed and was born again, by the grace of God. She also introduced me to some street preachers, who influenced me, from the beginning, to take the commission to preach the Gospel to every creature, seriously, and so I began evangelizing, under their tutelage, right from the start, and have continued since then.
I have a great family that consists of a lovely wife of 35 years, four children and one grandchild. I’m an electrical contractor by trade, and we live in a modest house on seven acres, bordered by a river, in southern Oregon, where we homeschool, raise animals and a garden and small variety orchard.
It is my desire and goal to glorify God in everything and to pass the baton to my children, of a passion to proclaim Jesus to the next generation. We reach out to the community on a semi-weekly basis, as a family (when appropriate), at various universities, high schools, abortion clinics, parades and festivals, etc.
We look forward to gathering with you all for good fellowship and outreach!
Tony Miano – Valencia,CA
Tony Miano is a retired, twenty-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (1987-2007). During his time in law enforcement, Tony served as a gang investigator, field training officer, drug recognition expert, and a DUI enforcement specialist. Tony’s law enforcement experience includes three days of chaos, during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, as well as being on duty only a few miles away from the epicenter when the 1994 Northridge Earthquake devastated the greater Los Angeles area. During his career, Tony received more than 60 commendations and citations for meritorious service, arrests, criminal investigations, critical decision-making, and community service.
In 1993, Tony was named “Deputy of the Year” for the City of Santa Clarita (CA). Tony was also a recipient of the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers “Centurion Award,” for apprehending more than 100 drunk drivers in a 12-month period.Tony served as a chaplain for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department from 2000 to 2008. From 2002 to 2008, he served as the founder and director of Ten-Four Ministries, whose mission is to bring practical and spiritual support to the law enforcement community. He currently serves as an advisor to the ministry.
From 2008 to mid-2012, Tony served as Living Waters’ Director of the Ambassadors’Alliance, as well as the Director of Conferences and Special Projects. Tony’s service with Living Waters included the supervision of 20 Ambassador’s Academies (the ministry’s 3 1/2-day evangelism training program), conferences, State Representative system, and large-scale evangelism projects. Tony also wrote and co-hosted almost 400 episodes of Living Waters’ live, web-based program, “On the Box, with Ray Comfort.”
Tony has authored the books Take Up The Shield (Genesis Publishing Group, 2005) and Should She Preach? – Biblical Evangelism for Women (One Million Tracts, 2013). Tony is a prolific writer, having maintained several personal blogs, as well as writing for several other ministry blogs, websites, and newsletters.
Tony has preached in many churches across the United States and in Canada. He has served as the keynote speaker at several different conferences. He is committed to expository preaching. He frequently addresses topics such as biblical evangelism, spiritual growth and personal holiness, as well as the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Presently, Tony is serving the Lord as an itinerant preacher and open-air evangelist.
Tony and his wife, Mahria, were married in 1985. Together they have three grown daughters (Michelle, Marissa, and Amanda). The Miano Family lives in Southern California.
Freddy Molina – Raleigh, NC
My Name is Freddy Molina. I’m 26 years old and the Lord save me when I was 18. For 18 years I rebelled against God, and broke every law in the bible. I was a non-practicing Catholic who like the idea of atheism and evolution because it meant I wouldn’t be held accountable for my sins. I grew up hearing vague stories of the cross, but I didn’t know what was the purpose of them all… Some high school friends approach me one afternoon who had obviously been listening to Ray comfort (I know that now) and gave me the good person test. I was confronted with God’s law, I knew I deserved hell and was guilty. They shared the Gospel with me, the bad news and the good news and I understood why Jesus came. To seek and save that which has been lost. By Gods grace I repented of my sins and trusted Jesus, and now will never look back. He’s given me a heart for the lost that I can’t seem to shake off. I find it a privilege to be His ambassador, with a Gospel that doesn’t fail when it is preach. God has been very good to me and has blessed me with my beautiful wife Jeni and two girls Julia and Jane. I’m currently enrolled in the school of biblical evangelism, and have been open air preaching for 2 year with Gospel of God Ministries in Raleigh, NC. This will be my 2nd Super Bowl outreach and I can’t wait to see how God will move.
Rev. George Moore – St. George, SC
Reverend George Moore currently serves as the Evangelist at both, No Fear Ministries 365 and Fellowship of Praise in Santee, South Carolina. Moore is married to his wife Karen of 26 years, and they have a daughter, Jamie.
Moore is currently studying to obtain his seminary degree in Evangelism/Apologetics at Liberty University of Virginia.
Moore has served in the past and the present in many different aspects of the Lord’s ministry. Moore has a heart for the broken and unwanted in society, and he currently minsters at Hebron Grace Addiction and Recovery Home, and has in the past served as Director of Ministers for Jump Start Prison Ministry, and served alongside other campus pastors for Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. In addition, Moore is a missionary and is actively involved in Central America. Moore has had the privilege of being the past youth pastor at his local church where he served for twenty three years.
Moreover, Moore is an Evangelist who boldly proclaims the Word of God, and enjoys disciplining, teaching and equipping the saints to share gospel without fear. Moore has an intriguing desire to see the salvation of the lost, the edification of the body, and the advancement of God’s Kingdom here on earth.
Jenifer Pepling – Gibsonia, PA
Jenifer Pepling is the President of Christian Collegian Network (CCN), and Campus Leader at the University of Pittsburgh and Slippery Rock University. Jenifer has been seeking and saving the lost at PITT since 2007. She has successfully trained numerous Christians how to share the gospel through evangelism courses and hands-on training, attended several mission trips in various states, designed, built and ran “witnessing booths” at local festivals, led groups to evangelize at parades and other public venues, and led large book and DVD giveaways at various colleges. Jenifer continues to lead the ministry in fulfilling the great commission on and off the college campuses.
Rev. George Petrella – Philadelphia, PA
Rev. George Petrella is a commissioned evangelist with Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship, serving in Philadelphia in preaching, evangelism & church planting. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute & attended Westminster Seminary. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA & teaches acting. He is the author & performer of three stories of GOOD NEWS(Mark, the Nativity & the Mountaintop Sermon). He has been married to Jane for 43 years. We have 4 adult children & 6 grand kids.
Jarred Petroff – Fort Collins, CO
I am 21 years old and I am currently finishing up at Colorado State University for a Bachelor’s in social work. I have enjoyed constantly clashing worldviews against the secular and self-contradictory approach to “helping” others, and God has used this hostile environment to grow me in boldness and trust in Him. Currently I am completing a split-internship at a local church and related non-profit that offers financial assistance and referrals. I also have the freedom to share the Gospel with clients which I thank God for! My long-term goal is to do BIBLICAL Christian counseling and to lead others to the Great Physician who alone can save us from the sickness and futility of our own minds.
The other major area of my life is my engagement to a lovely and redeemed daughter of God named Haille, who I will be marrying this July. Haille is also young in Christ, but we rejoice that we have both been forgiven much and we therefore love Christ in dependence on His grace. Haille is studying to be a nurse at another university in CO, and she has the God-given heart to join me in evangelism. I love her and look forward to learning more of Christ through marriage!
I became a Christian in 2013, just a week short of a year I was baptized as a false convert at a local megachurch. After making my profession of faith I continued to live in sin and to love the world, but God began to convict me more and more and to prod my conscience, which I had been trying to destroy for a few years. I experienced the Romans 6 reality of slavery to sin and began to realize that I was hopeless to change myself. This continued throughout the year and shortly after I graduated high school I went on a short-term service trip to CA. The week before I had been listening to a Christian band that made much of Christ with Biblical lyrics and a call to follow Christ that included repentance and death to self. I view this band as the Romans 10 messenger of the Gospel, as I repented and believed the very next week. However, at the time I had no idea of what was happening. I like to say that God did “surprise heart surgery” on me (referring to Ezekiel 36) as I was born again but did not have any Biblical understanding of what this was, what it meant, and what had happened to me. I just knew that I was all new and that I had new desires, freedom from sin, and love for Christ and faith in His perfect finished work. God saved me from tremendous wickedness and almost unveiled evil (I often felt like a ticking time bomb) by making me a new creation and shedding abroad the light of the knowledge of the glory of His perfect Son into my heart. I praise our God for showing mercy to me, the worst of all sinners, and for giving life to a dead, twisted, corrupt, and blind sinner for His own glory.
Though I have only been a Christian for about two and a half years now, God has continued to refine my desire to know more of Him through prayer and His Word. I was unexpectedly called to begin open-air preaching on my campus to defend against some heretical false teaching that was getting the attention of many students. Since then, I have had the privilege of getting to declare God’s glorious Gospel to others in my city, and I am thankful to be used by the LORD and to learn more of Christ as I seek to please God rather than man. Our Father gives some tremendous grace to make an insane and depraved creature an ambassador of His Son and messenger of His Gospel! Without Him we can do nothing, but by abiding in Him we bear much fruit to His glory!
“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15
Heath Pucel – Green Bay, WI
My name is Heath Pucel. I’ve been married 12 years a wonderful wife who keeps me humble. I live in Green Bay Wisconsin, and I’m a trainer for a large health insurance company. The Lord graciously granted me repentance unto salvation and from my false conversion in 2004 when I was praying in my naivety for how to share my faith biblically. I had attended a lot of witnessing training in the past but it was more lifestyle evangelism; but in 2004, not only did he show me how, He also brought me to repentance in faith through the ministry of Living Waters. Since then, I’ve had a desire and burden to share the Gospel in Green Bay, around the country and abroad. My past experience with evangelism has opened up opportunities for me to attend outings such as: 2008 Ambassadors Academy #3, the 2012 ,2013 and 2014 Super Bowl Outreaches, 2013 and 2014 Kentucky Derby Outreaches, OAC SET 2012 and 2013. The Sweet Auburn Festival, ministry at ASU, UW Stevens Point and Madison campuses and numerous local events such as Walleye weekend, Wisconsin State Fair, Jehovah’s Witness conventions, and Green Bay Packer Games. God has given me the privilege to meet up with faithful saints locally and across the country to labor and minister His word in the open air and all praise, glory and honor to His name.
John Rataczak – Toledo, OH
John Rataczak was born in Columbia, Missouri and raised in the St. Louis area. He was saved at an early age through the ministry of the Chatham Bible Church of Wellston, Missouri (now located in Hazelwood, Missouri).
His father was a chemical engineer and his mother was a housewife. Both were saved during John’s early childhood years. Certainly the truth of Acts 16:31 applies in this case: in a short time all the members of the family received Christ as Savior! Both Ed and Mary (his parents) are now with the Lord.
God led John to become involved in full time Christian work during his freshman year at Bob Jones University. Since that calling, he has earned a B.A. in Bible, an M.A. in Pastoral Studies, and a Ph.D. in New Testament Text (Greek).
His teaching experience includes teaching Greek, Hebrew, Theology, Apologetics, Church History, English Bible, and various Biblical Backgrounds courses in three Christian colleges and two graduate schools. In addition, he served as a soccer coach in two ministries.
His pastoral experience includes ministries in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He has filled the pulpit of many Bible-believing churches in a number of states as well and plans to initiate a Bible Conference ministry as God supplies the opportunity.
Presently he is the founder and sole proprietor of Eleutheros Books.
He is the father of two sons and resides in Ohio.
Of course his main interest is to study the Word and win the lost to Christ, but he also has interests in sports and current events.
Joshua Richards – Columbus, OH
My name is Joshua Richards. I am 29 years old and I live in Columbus, Ohio. The goodness of Jesus led me to repent of my sin and trust in Him alone for forgiveness at age 6. I have had quite a Spiritual journey, involving many struggles with sin and self, doubting my eternal standing with God, and church hopping, among other things. I’m far from perfect, and I thank God for His sovereign grace and loving heart to save a wretch like me and encourage me with His eternal Word! My favorite verse is Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.” (KJV) I attend Linworth Baptist Church in Worthington, Ohio, where I sing in the adult choir and serve as an Awana leader. The Lord has given me a burden for the untold millions who are dying without a Savior, so I began to pursue full-time evangelism last year after leaving my job of ten years.
I have been involved in many local outreaches at fairs, festivals, college campuses, statehouses, bars, street corners, malls, grocery stores, hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, a cemetery, a local abortion clinic, and at Ohio State college football games. Besides Ohio, I have shared the Gospel in eight different states and Mexico. When I’m not doing outreaches, I enjoy playing and listening to music, going for long walks, and spending time with friends and family.
I am very excited to be attending my first ever Super Bowl Outreach! I am grateful for having met Michael Coughlin at Ohio Fire in 2014, who invited me on this adventure and has been one of many people God has used to help me draw closer to Him. My primary goal for this trip and afterwards is to love God, love people, and share CHRIST MORE!
Edris “Ed” Rivera –Oviedo, FL
Hello, my name is Edris Rivera. Most people call me Ed. I’m originally from Puerto Rico raised mostly in Army/Navy bases in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Panama. In college I completed a degree in Physics and went through ROTC training to become an officer in the U.S. Army. I was commissioned and sent to Ft Bliss, El Paso, TX for further training and it was there that the NAVIGATOR ministry reached out to me and I responded wholeheartedly to the Gospel (1971). My life hasn’t been the same since. To proclaim the Gospel has always been my passion. In 1973 I started flying for American Airlines as a flight attendant and just recently retired (Sep 29, 2013) after 40 years of flying all over the world. I loved my job mainly because it was a great mission’s field. Not only was I able to share the Gospel with many passengers, pilots, and flight attendants, but I was able to do open air preaching in both English and Spanish in many of the countries I have flown too. I want to thank Scott Smith for getting me hooked about 10 years ago into doing open airing at UCF (University of Central Florida) which has become my regular weekly ministry ever since we started in 2005. I’ve had the privilege of going to several SBOs and looking forward to the upcoming SBO (2016). I also want to thank Bill Adams again for his ministry and for bringing us ALL TOGETHER as one happy family of open air preachers.
Paul Roepnack – Cary, NC
In 2011, the Holy Spirit was gracious to open my eyes to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the depravity of my own sin, after nearly 35 years living in cultural Christianity. Not only was I saved at that time, but my wife as well. Together, we looked back at our lives up until that point and saw that despite being raised in religious homes and attending excellent Christian schools, neither of us had ever submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives and had been lying to ourselves for many years.
I loved and enjoyed my sin, had been chasing the trappings of the world, was ruled by my own will and living for myself, made excuses for following God’s directives for my lives as “believer”, and yet attended church and professed to believe. We partied on Saturday and went to church on Sunday. I dishonored parents, lied, stole, hated, loved drunkeness, and idolized at every opportunity. I had no ability or desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and believed that was something that only certain people were commanded or “gifted” to do, brushing aside the Great Commission in exchange for fleeting passions about politics or worldly concerns. I had no ability to teach my children or my wife, to lead them in life’s many decisions and questions by the wisdom of the Word. I was blind. There were certain sins of my past I continued to make excuses for or counted as “not so bad”, and I compared myself to others instead of God’s Law. Once the Light was shining, I understood that I was an offender and an enemy of God and deserved His eternal Wrath – as all of mankind who are not under His righteousness do.
Once regenerated, our lives changed so rapidly that it alarmed many people around us. We were baptized and this was confusing for many, as we had already been baptized at various points in our youth – but what a wonderful day it was to stand before our church body and truly profess Christ with the assurance of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit had revealed my own sin and it grieved me so deeply, praise God. Through conviction and submission, I began ridding our family of the distractions of this world and our own idolatry, and began leading our family in the Word. Everything changed. The power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit is so great, it cannot come into a man’s life and lie dormant. I am so grateful to have been saved from Cultural Christianity, from religious falsities and rituals, and from my own sin under the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed upon me.
I developed a thirst for God’s Word, and enjoy listening to sermons and studying His Word every day. My wife and I were introduced to Ray Comfort’s teachings in 2013, and I knew that I was being led to proclaim God’s Word to our lost world. By the providence of God, we ran right into Tommy Waltz on the streets of Raleigh while he was preaching near the courthouse. We became involved in his ministry, and under his training I began proclaiming the Word at events with Gospel of God Ministries. I enjoy heralding at NC State and at other events with our team members, who are all such humble men of God that I can look up to.
In addition to our 3 biological children, God has been so good to choose us for the privilege of adopting 4 children from Ethiopia and China with special needs. I expected to be “picking up my cross” in following this leading, but I was wrong. These children have been a reflection of the Gospel, a reminder of His love for us, and to know that God has chosen to hand-place His arrows at my table is a great responsibility that I cannot successfully do without God leading my life in every aspect. I am so grateful that I am able to lead my family, my 7 children and my wife, by the Word of God through the power of the Holy Spirit and the mercy of God, and that I have the opportunity to disciple the next generation of my family to our King, Lord willing.
I am so grateful to be serving at Superbowl Outreach this coming year and for the opportunity to lift up the name of Jesus in the midst of an a celebration filled with idolatry and drunkeness, pride, and darkness. May His light shine.
Our family writes about our testimony on our website, www.roepnack.blogspot.com
Tom Sadowski – Denton, TX
First came to faith in Christ in the military in January 1975. First involved in public evangelism
and street preaching in the summer of 1984. Married for 32 years to my wife Betty; six children
(mostly all grown) and two granddaughters.
Jeff Sauriki – Grayson, GA
My name is Jeff Sauricki. I have lived in Grayson GA for the last 15 years and before that in Northeast Ohio. I will be married 42 year in August to my High School sweetheart Susan. My daughters Amy and Marianne live here in GA as well. I have 10 grandchildren. Amy is mother to two of my granddaughters and Marianne is mother to two granddaughters and 6 grandsons. I am a member of Lilburn Alliance Church in Tucker.
God called me to be an evangelist in 2009 and that same year I attended Living Waters Ambassador Academy #11. Some of my service to God has included going weekly to a Youth Detention Center for 5 years, the last 4 Super Bowl outreaches, Fall for Greenville, Dogwood Festival, monthly trips to minister in Charleston SC and other various ministries in Atlanta. These 6 years have taught me a lot about what I don’t know when it come to God and his word.
My prayer SFOI would honor the Lord, that everyone would be safe, that we would see God at work through us, that the lost would see and hear our compassion for the them and that brothers and sisters in Christ would demonstrate the same love that made 1st century people marvel.
Duane Schneider – Oakfield, WI
My name is Duane , I am from Fond du Lac Wisconsin. I am married and have two children, I am self-employed and seeking to pursue Evangelism with much more of my time. I was brought up in the church and was a false convert for 30+years but in God’s sovereignty He saved me, after I started reading my Bible in January of 1998. I enjoy taking the Gospel to the Super Bowl Outreachs, Packer games, local county fairs, and to the lakefront in my city. I have a great burden for false converts and those caught up in the cults. “Evangelism’s highest and ultimate end is not the welfare of men, not even their eternal bliss, but the glorification of God.” – R. B. Kuiper
Bill ‘DOC’ Shank – South Saint Paul, MN
My name is Bill ‘DOC’ Schank. I was born in the Town of Cottage Grove, Minnesota; and I am the middle of seven Children. I was raised up in the Roman Catholic religion. I graduated High School in 1982. Two months after graduating high school I Enlisted in the United States Air Force.
Praise the LORD, I have been Open Air Preaching for over eight years. The ministry which God has called me to involves me traveling throughout the United States and abroad to other countries preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ including one to one witnessing to the lost. The bulk of my time evangelizing was done in the Spring, Summer, and Fall months. I thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity to travel and share his Holy word.
Ed Smith – Stanwood, WA
Praise the Lord O my soul! My name is Ed Smith. I have a wonderful wife and two great kids age 19 and 17. I have been a professing Christian since 1998, but it wasn’t until I started watching the Way of the Master show in 2007 that I really started to see that I did not have a healthy fear of God in my life. It was then that I repented of my sin and started to truly trust Jesus alone for my salvation. I immediately wanted to reach the lost and began seeking out the Way of the Master training so I could learn more. I was blessed to be led by a very godly man through both the basic and intermediate training courses. We would go out and pass out tracts and talk with the lost about Jesus. In 2008 I attended the Ambassadors Academy and was blown away at what I saw and experienced I also met some awesome brothers! This was the first time that I got up on a box to preach. Glory to God! The unofficial evangelism team I was on in Phoenix went out every first Friday of the month to an art walk to preach, hand out tracts and talk with the lost, and we went to other events like the All Star Game weekend that came to Phoenix. It was a blessing and an honor to serve with those brothers. Some of us were able to go to the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis with SBO and I am so looking forward to glorifying God and preaching in San Francisco with you all! I am currently living north of Seattle WA, and attending River of Life Community Church on Camano Island. My pastor is very open to evangelism and wants to know more about what we do. Also God just recently opened an opportunity for me to preach to the crowds that are going to hockey games in Everett, WA! Thank you Lord! My prayer is that God moves in the lives of the lost that we speak to, opens their eyes and brings them into the Kingdom!
Steven Stanley – Morehead, KY
My name is Steven Stanley and I live in Morehead KY with my wife and two sons. I have worked in the operating room for 18 yrs.
I was saved late in life and was a false convert for about 2 years before God granted me genuine repentance and faith and He immediately placed a burden on my heart for the lost. Over the last 6 years I have grown by God’s grace in my evangelism endeavors from at first being terrified to hand someone a tract to now open air proclamation of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ!
I have attended the Super Bowl Outreaches in New Orleans, New York, Phoenix and also the last three KY Derby Outreaches. I live in a college town so I try to make it to campus to open air preach and hand out Gospel tracts as much as my work schedule will allow. If I can get a Thursday or Friday off work I also travel to Lexington, KY for abortion clinic ministry.
It is a privilege and honor to preach Christ and Him crucified and I look forward to laboring with my brothers and sisters in the Lord! SDG!
Greg Stephens – Garner, NC
My name is Greg Stephens. I’m a local missionary evangelist who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. I spend my time open air preaching at the college campuses, downtown, and at local events, as well as serving and equipping my local church and others in evangelism, abortion clinic outreach, etc. God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, Angela, and two boys, James and Jonathan, “my sons of thunder!” I was saved on Father’s Day, June 18th, 2000 in Las Vegas, discipled in my local church, attended a Bible college for two years, served as youth pastor, and then moved to Raleigh in 2010 to serve God and share Christ. It’s a privilege and my passion to preach Christ publically with courage, compassion and clarity.
Emilio Torres – Albuquerque, NM
Heavy partier and womanizer in college, went into the Air Force as an aircraft maintenance officer, out of the Air Force, married, into sales, divorced and born again in 1991. God called me to become a teacher, went back for my second degree in education and taught mid-school and elementary. Have been a leader for evangelistic missions to Spain and Honduras, a youth group leader, Bible study leader, preach at a local rescue mission once a month and have a praise band called PB for J, (Praise Band for Jesus). Married again in my 40’s, (to my amazing bride and best friend Midge), blended family with six children, (all adults now), one and a third grandchildren. I am now semi-retired, (I do 1/2 time I.T. for a charter school), and am excitingly awaiting the chance to share the incomparable gift of salvation with others.
Brad Tower – Fairfax, IA
I attended church my entire life and professed to be a believer in Christ. When I was in my mid-twenties I read a book called “Way of the Master”, listened to “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” and the “True and False Conversion”. After going through these materials multiple times I finally understood what biblical repentance was and it became very obvious I had never been born again. It was at that point that I gave my life to Jesus Christ. Right away I had a desire to share the gospel with lost people. For over 4 years I watched hundreds of hours of other people witnessing and doing open air preaching. I was also reading and studying many materials on the subject of evangelism. All the while I never witnessed to anyone.
Eventually, I realized if I was ever going to witness I was going to have to just do it by myself and learn to deal with my fears of talking to people. So I started going to the bar section of town on the weekends and walked around passing out tracts and talking to people. Shortly after I started witnessing I attended the Ambassadors Academy in the summer of 2010 and again in 2011. These academies really helped me step out of my comfort zone and not only witness to people one on one and pass out tracts but also to open air preach, something I have been doing for 4 and a half years now on the University of Iowa campus. Last year I attended the Super Bowl Outreach in Phoenix and am looking forward to another great experience in San Francisco this year!
Jeff Warner – Grants Pass, OR
My name is Jeff Warner, I’m 35 years old from Grants Pass, OR. I have a wife and 3 wonderful kids. I didn’t grow up in the church and didn’t even open a Bible until I got saved at age 29. I literally knew nothing about the Bible…I didn’t know about Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, Jesus, etc, I guess you can say I was a true clean slate. I got saved on Sept 20th 2009, here’s a short version of that story:
My wife grew up Catholic but strayed from the Church until our first child was born in 2003 (Jacob, now 12), then she decided to go back. I wanted nothing to do with it but didn’t mind her “having a little religion”. We moved from southern, CA to Oregon in 2007, right after our daughter Isabel was born. My wife and now 2 kids then started going to the Catholic Church here in Oregon (this ties in with my story, trust me) and again I didn’t mind. To make a long story short I pretty much spent my days off fishing (Sunday and Monday) or at least one of those days was spent on the river, after all, I worked hard all week and I felt justified to take Sunday to fish. I was never an atheist but always thought of God as “the big guy upstairs” that helps when your in trouble. Ok, back to my story. Fast forward to the economic downturn in the fall of 2008, I found myself unemployed and suddenly with an abundance of free time. It was at this time that my wife was feeling like something was missing from Church but she didn’t know what. She was walking home (we lived on the same street as the Catholic Church) thinking to herself that church was downright depressing, there was no life in it, no joy. Here’s where it gets really interesting, our God is amazing…My wife was working as a CNA at a nursing home and had a patient named Dana rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Dana is a paraplegic, paralized from an accident when he was in his teens. He is a very mature believer and follower of Christ. It’s at this job that my wife met Dana (with his GIANT Bible as she recalls) and heard about the Church that Dana and his wife Linda attended, so she decided to check it out. My wife asked if I wanted to go and I said NO. What I didn’t know is that the Holy Spirit was beginning to draw me to Christ. My heart of stone was softening as I was being humbled from a lack of employment, a feeling of total helplessness.
The next week my wife asked again if I wanted to go with her, this time I said yes. Please keep in mind that I knew nothing about “religion” other then what I saw in the Catholic Church. I was blown away when we walked into this non denominational church, it was upbeat, there was life in that place like I had never seen before. I thought this was going to be short…oh well…
To sum it up, I never stopped going. It took about 6 months or so for me to REALLY hear the Gospel. I heard 4 RADICAL testimonies then the Pastor read about David committing adultery with Bathsheba and then having her husband Uriah killed to cover it up. He closed by reading Psalm 51 and I was broken, although I didn’t show it. The next day I found a Bible in our house (I didn’t own one yet) and I found and read Psalm 51 and Psalm 32 for myself. Today, while I can show you from scripture what took place in my heart, I still can’t explain the feeling I had when I read those Psalms for myself. It was like a private session with the Spirit of God, as if He was telling me “this can be true of you as well”. I knew then and there that this was for real and that God had granted me forgiveness. I didn’t need someone to lead me through a “prayer of salvation”, that flowed out of me as naturally as the tears from my eyes. I confessed my sin to my great God and Savior Jesus Christ and asked him for His forgiveness. When I was done praying, I knew that I was forgiven as I felt the weight of my guilt vanish.
Now filled with the Holy Spirit I started devouring the Word of God. I joined the Men’s group at that Church, joined some Bible studies and started reading the Bible for several hours a day. God is good.
Today I lead the Men’s group and the Sunday school Bible study with the teens at the Church I attend, as well as helping at AWANA. I am very active in sharing the Gospel in Oregon and often travel to college campuses, parades, high schools etc. By God’s grace, I now have a decent grasp of scripture, though I have much to learn.
Ryan Woodhouse – Chaseburg, WI
I’m 39, married my HS sweetheart in ’02 and the Lord has given us 2 children, one of each. I’m an aluminum welder and have been working in a factory for 19 years/ I grew up as a nominal Catholic, moved on to being a professing atheist and then “converted” and became a typical lost, lukewarm pew-dweller. After 2-3 years of being a false convert God saved me in the fall of ’07 at the age of 31. It’s only since then have we had the children because I was sooo radically self centered and conceited that there was no way I was going to have a child “control me”. Praise the Lord that when He saves someone….He changes them! Since then my wife has gotten save from an entire life of false conversion as well!
For the past 5 years I’ve been very active in evangelism and basically started street preaching through Project Ezra. Since then I’ve been able to travel a bit around the Midwest preaching in a variety of setting and been so blessed with tremendous fellowship! Most of my evangelism is on a local university and on the streets here in western Wisconsin. More can be learned at: www.Mark612.com.